Day 2 of our January 2016 trip started like 95% of our vacation days do – late. It was my resolution for this trip that we would be at the parks as close to park opening as possible. We have a night owl baby, which means we have to wake him up to accomplish this. After already running late, halfway to the monorail platform I realized I forgot a key part of the baby’s costume and had to run back to the room. Ok, I speed walked after about 5 seconds of running. Running is a poor choice for me overall, especially so when the overnight low was 31.
Once on the monorail, it was only a 30 minute journey from leaving the Grand Floridian to arriving at Epcot. I meandered around Mission Space and Innoventions West while the other adults rode Test Track with a Fastpass. I bought a Starbucks mug at Fountain View to add to the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios mugs we have already. I got in line for Baymax, but had to leave the line before meeting him.
Up next was our priority for the day – Character Spot. Today my baby so no near baby, he was baby Goofy. We met Mickey, Goofy and Minnie in Character Spot. It was great fun, but unfortunately none of the Goofy pictures are any good.
We continued our Future World with Seas with Nemo with a Fastpass, lunch at Sunshine Seasons, Living with the Land, Journey into Imagination, and Spaceship Earth with a Fastpass. The Land is delightfully dead with Soarin’ closed, so lunch was not busy and Living with the Land having low waits.
Overall, the entire morning in the park had light crowds. The very chilly morning turned into a beautiful afternoon reaching 50 degrees.
We utilized the Disney Visa Meet and Greet in Innoventions West, which is 1-7 pm daily. We had an absolutely fabulous experience with Pluto and Minnie. I think baby Goofy was prepared to live in Toon Town with his new parents.
On the way out of Epcot we called the Walt DIsney World Car Care Center to schedule a pick-up at the Grand Floridian.
Two of the adults were picked up, got a rental van, parked at the hotel and were back to the room in less than 30 minutes. We brought our own car seat, but they saw many car seats available for rental.
During our afternoon hotel break, I learned that there is a refillable mug station at the pool bar near the Villas pool. It is only open when the pool bar is open, but saves a lot of walking compared to Gasparilla Grill.
With our car, it took 13 minutes from leaving the Grand Floridian to parking in the Epcot lot. We had plenty of time to walk to the Land for our dinner at Garden Grill. We were seated on the upper level, but could still see some of Living with the Land when we remembered to look that direction. The family style meal here was delicious and plentiful.
Our baby was more interested in eating and coloring than meeting the characters.
Dinner took just over an hour, and we still had 75 minutes before IllumiNations started.
We made an entire loop around World Showcase, stopping in Japan’s shops and France’s creperie and boulangerie for snacks. We passed Canada and with five minues to show time found an empty stop behind some trees to watch IllumiNations.
Sometimes we skip IllumiNations because waiting for buses and standing on them isn’t our favorite way to end the night. Each time we decide to stay, I’m always reminded that it’s a fantastic show and absolutely worth staying until the end of the night to see. If any show could move me to tears, it’s IllumiNations.
Since we had a car, it only took us 17 minutes to walk out of the park and 11 minutes to drive to the Grand Floridian.